Rebecca Willén

Rebecca Willén

Senior lecturer
Department of Criminology and Police Work Faculty of Social Sciences
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I'm a researcher in forensic (investigative) psychology and meta-science and in strong support of open and replicable science. I'm a member of the Swedish Reproducibility Network (SweRN) and am happy to answer all kinds of questions - as far as I can - about open science and the adoption of reproducible research practices.

I finished my PhD in 2016 at the University of Gothenburg.

I'm reluctantly on Twitter (@rmwillen).


I teach (forensic) psychology to police students and civilian employees at the Swedish Police Authority, and research methods to criminology students. I supervise thesis students in criminology and at the police education.

I happily supervise theses (at any level) related to forensic psychology and / or meta-science.


My current research is mainly on one or several of the following topics:

  • Investigative psychology
  • Residential out-of-home care for girls
  • Metascience

Typically, at least two of these topics overlap in my research. Examples of research questions I'm investigating: indicators of scientific quality in investigative psychology; police officers' experience with adolescent girls placed in residential out-of-home care; indicators of scientific quality in ethical applications for research on human subjects.


I have been tasked with reviewing the (forensic) psychology content of the Police Education in Växjö. The purpose is to ensure that the educational content is well updated and in accordance with the current state of knowledge.


Selected publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))

Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)

Chapter in book (Other academic)

Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)